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The life stage of adolescence now occurs in most corners of the world, but it takes different forms in different regions. Peers, with such a central role in Western adolescence, play a comparatively minor role in the lives of Arabic and South Asian adolescents. Emotional turmoil and individuation from family occur in some societies but not others. Adolescent sexual revolutions are sweeping through Japan and Latin America. In this 2002 book, scholars from eight regions of the world describe the distinct nature of adolescence in their regions. They draw on research to address standard topics regarding this age - family and peer relationships, schooling, preparation for work, physical and mental health - and show how these have a different cast across societies. As a whole, the book depicts how rapid global change is dramatically altering the experience of the adolescent transition, creating opportunities and challenges for adolescents, parents, teachers, and concerned others.


‘The book emphasizes the importance of using culturally appropriate research methods when researching human development. the goal of promoting understanding of adolescence in a global context is well met. The book will enrich several disciplines, some of which include human development, anthropology and cross-cultural studies.’

Source: Journal of Adolescence

‘… the book is a mine of information … the common structure for each chapter is immensely helpful for readers to compare and contrast as they work through material from eight different ‘regions’.

Source: Youth & Policy

‘In my opinion, this book should be included in the readings of every researcher and student interested in adolescent development.’

Source: International Journal of Behavioural Development

‘… a welcome contribution towards highlighting the need to study this vital segment of the population. it will prove of help to many professionals working in the mental health field including psychologists, social workers and health planners. It will also benefit educationalists, human resource and community developers as well as those involved in the current cultural and political discourse.’

Source: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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  • Preface
    pp ix-xii
    • By B. Bradford Brown, Professor of Human Development, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Reed W. Larson, Professor of Human and Community Development in the Departments of Human and Community Development, Psychology, and Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, T. S. Saraswathi, Professor Emeritus of Human Development, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India


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